Supporting Participants and Partners
A clear priority has been working with our partners Entelechy Arts to help our most vulnerable participants, who are part of the Meet Me at the Albany project for older people. We’ve been supporting 180 people through twice weekly phone calls, and by working with Lewisham Homes sheltered housing sites. We’ve also offered support to local organisations and artists we work with, as well as redeploying staff volunteers to work on Lewisham’s Covid 19 Emergency Response.
Creating New Ways of Working
We’re developing ‘activity boxes’ created by artists for isolated older people in collaboration with Entelechy Arts (Age Against the Machine 2 – The Party Goes On!). Together we’re also launching a weekly radio show by and for older people on Resonance FM in May.
We’re putting classes online for young people, developing a youth podcast series and supporting Associate Company Sounds Like Chaos to deliver online Quarantine Commissions for young artists at the very beginning of their careers.
The community gardening project is producing a ‘Grow Your Own…’ video series, delivering plants to older people and has a slot on the new radio show. We’re supporting a number of partners to move events online from City of London Symphonia’s Comfortable Classical to a new music festival in May.
Assisting Essential Services
As well as supporting Lewisham’s emergency response, we are keeping all three buildings available for essential use – Deptford Lounge to keep Tidemill School open for key workers, the Albany for a charity delivering essential services, and Canada Water Theatre for the NHS.
Securing a Longer Term Future
70 of our staff have now been furloughed as part of the government’s Job Retention Scheme, leaving a core team of just over 20 (on short-time working) to deliver our work. This will help us to secure jobs and ensure that we can keep working in the longer term.
Contributing to the Wider Sector
As part of our leadership of the Future Arts Centres network and the Family Arts Campaign, we have been supporting venues and arts organisations nationally. Family Arts Campaign has repurposed the ‘Fantastic for Families’ website for online events, and is advising organisations up and down the country on how to put resources for children and families online.
We’ve been in contact with thousands of customers and supporters and are keeping active on social media, offering support and amplifying the brilliant work of our resident organisations as well as local and national initiatives.
Planning for the Future
We’re listening to partners, participants and supporters as we plan the gradual reopening of our three buildings. We are thinking about how we need to change and adapt and how we can be most useful, helping to bring our communities together now and in the future.
Thank you for your support.